May 28, 2001
Dear Dr. Bartlett, Until a week ago I was on a Comvivir/Viracept Combo, After discussions with my Doc, we decided that I will switc for Comvivir/Stocrin which I have (7 days ago), I must say that I have not have a lot of the side effects except feeling a bit dizy, today, this morning I have noticed that My left arm, specially my left hand feels numb, like if my muscles were speeling, Is this part of the side effects?, should I worry about this? I also feel my face like if it was a bit hot and the muscles in my checks also a bit numb. Grateful If you could answer this question.
| Response from Dr. Bartlett
For our other readers, Stocirn is the brand name for efavirenz, (Sustiva), outside of the US. After starting Stocrin, it is not uncommon to have a period of dizziness. The dizziness is usually transient and will resolve after 2-3 weeks. The symptoms in your left arm are uncommon for a drug reaction; usually drug reactions are symmetric; ie involve both sides. I suggest that you contact your health care provider about the left arm symptoms and get their advice. Good luck!
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